Electrostatic Energy and Forces in a Dielectric

Part of the Theoretical Physics book series (CLASSTHEOR)


To calculate the electrostatic energy of a charge distribution in vacuum, we have brought the chargesq i to the positionsr i in a gedanken experiment, and the necessary work has been calculated. At once, we see that in a dielectric work has to be done not only against the potential but also to build up the polarization of the dielectric.


General Remark Field Energy Electrostatic Energy Ponderomotive Force Dielectric Liquid 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJohann Wolfgang Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany

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